France recalls ambassador from Turkey after Erdoğan says Macron needs "mental treatment"

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France has recalled its ambassador from Ankara after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron needs "mental treatment.

“President Erdoğan’s comments are unacceptable. Excess and rudeness are not a method. We demand that Erdoğan change the course of his policy because it is dangerous in every respect,” the unnamed official told AFP.

Earlier today, Erdoğan went on another bombastic rant claiming that his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron needs “mental treatment.”

“What is Macron’s problem with Islam and Muslims? He needs mental health treatment,” Erdoğan said at the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) congress in central Kesareia (Καισάρεια, Turkish: Kayseri) province.

“What can be said to a head of state that treats millions of members of a religious minority in his country this way? First of all, (he needs) a mental check,” Erdoğan added, without sensing the irony of his continuous policy of converting Greek Orthodox Churches in Turkey into mosques.

Last Friday’s beheading of Samuel Paty for showing cartoons of Muhammed, Islam’s founder, sent shockwaves across France.

Samuel Paty France Macron
Samuel Paty.

Shortly after the murder, Macron announced his country would dissolve the Cheikh Yassin Collective, a pro-Hamas group, following a video released by its founder that insulted the history teacher.

In a bid to purge radical Islam from France, Muslim Brotherhood associated mosques have been shut down, the likely source of the Turkish President’s wrath as he is one of the main backers of the extremist group.